On 17 November 2014, the First Minister set out an ambition to realise the full economic benefits of the new Borders Railway, transform tourism opportunities and open up communities in South-East Scotland as new places to live, work, visit, learn, play and grow.
In addition to the 600,000 journeys expected to take place, the First Minister declared that Midlothian and the Borders should aim over time at attracting 1 million travellers down the new railway line.
- Shawfair, a 4,000 new home community with local amenities and a school build around the rail way in Midlothian due to open in September 2016
- A pilot scenic steam train experience
- An iconic home for the Great Tapestry of Scotland
- A modern Central Borders Business Park
- Making existing attractions, such as the National Mining Museum Scotland at Newtongrange, more accessible as a result of new, faster public transport links
A steam train experience, first announced by the First Minister on 20 August 2014, operated as a “taster” service from September 2015 for 6 weeks and carried 6.500 passengers.
For further information on the project, please see the Borders Railway website